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Magic Moments > 2005 > Stingray and Dylan's Trial Episode 4853

Written by Katrina Foster, Directed by Tony Osicka

Episode title: Caught Jesters

Janae reminds Kim that they need money to get the boys out of prison, but she suspects that theyíll have to cope by themselves again. Dylan cryptically tells Toadie that Connor is alive. Dylan tells Stingray that heís going to plead guilty and Stingray should go along with it to avoid prison.

By Lassiterís lake, Kim arrives as Joeís part-time assistance. Joe thinks that Kim has just found another excuse to do no work, but Kim assures him that heíll do his share. He explains that heís out to prove to Janelle that he can bring in the money for the family, because he loves her. Sky brings Joe a cup of tea and asks Kim why he isnít at the court case. Kim explains that heís just doing a short job in the morning, then will be there for the start of the trial later on. Kim tells her when the trialís starting, but Sky acts like she couldnít care less.

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At number 30, Stuart returns from a run and tells Toadie that heís been speaking to Harold Ė he knows that he gave away the money for Connorís wake. Toadie then tries to subtly break the news that, just like Dylan, Connor isnít actually dead. Toadie then leaves a shocked Stu as he goes to get ready for the court case.

In their holding cell, Stingray isnít sure that he wants to go along with the plan. Dylan reminds him that one of them needs to go home and be the man of the house, as Kim wonít stick around for long.

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At number 26, Janelleís shaky hand causes her to get mascara all over her face, as Bree comes in. Janelle tells Bree to go and change as she doesnít look good enough for court. She then calls Bree back and apologises and they share a hug. Janelle realises that itís 9.30 already and they need to hurry up or theyíll be late. Bree thinks they have plenty of time, but Janelle says that she wants the boys to see them and know that theyíre there when they arrive at the court. She then starts trying to fix Breeís hair and wonders where Janae has got to.

At the bar, Janae is waiting with Boyd, nervous about going to court. She says that she doesnít really need to go, as she canít make any difference to the outcome. Max disagrees and says that just being there will be a great help to Dylan and Stingray. Janae is impressed and tells Boyd that heís very lucky to have a dad like Max. She says that she always imagined having a nice dad like that when she was younger and that Boyd doesnít realise how lucky he is.

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At the General Store, Joe and Kim come in for food and are quickly followed by Paul, whoís looking for Toadie. Kim tells him that Toadie will be at the court and Paul thanks the stranger for the information, before Joe introduces them to each other. Paul forces a conversation with Kim, but isnít impressed by the manís presence in Dylanís life. As he leaves, he asks Joe to tell Toadie that heís looking for him. Kim isnít happy with the way Paul treated him, but Joe explains that itís Paulís way. Sky comes in and asks Kim to tell Stingray that sheís thinking of him, but she has nothing to say to Dylan. Kim tells her to think about what sheís doing, as she might end up regretting it for the rest of her life.

At number 30, Toadie rushes in to get his mobile and Stu wishes him luck, saying that although theyíre on different sides, he does believe that Dylan and Stingray are innocent. Stu then asks Toadie if he knows where Connor is, but Toadie admits that he doesnít. Paul arrives and asks Toadie if thereís anything he can do to help with the case, but Toadie doesnít feel that someone like Paul being there would reflect very well on Dylanís character.

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Outside the courthouse, Janelle and Bree arrive, and Janelle is furious that Janae and Kim arenít there. Toadie greets them, reminding his aunt not to shout at the judge, then Dylan and Stingray are brought past. Janae and Boyd arrive soon afterwards, and Janelle and Bree call out support to the boys. Janelle decides that Bree should go home as she wonít be able to cope with the court case. Kim and Sky then arrive and Stingray and Dylan are surprised to see the pair of them.

Inside, Judge Roy Evans asks for the boysí pleas. Toadie is shocked when Dylan pleads guilty and says that he must have misheard. Dylan repeats that heís guilty, so the judge asks for Stingrayís plea. Toadie quickly says ďnot guiltyĒ which Stingray goes along with, and announces that he was lying to cover for his brother. Janelle wonders what the boys are playing at and the judge tells Toadie to sort his clients out, before leaving.

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At the bar, Bree comes in and asks if she can just sit and read there, as she needs to be somewhere familiar. Max agrees to turn a blind eye and Joe asks him for a couple of drinks. He then goes and sits with Bree and tells her that he needs her advice on something.

Back at the courthouse, Kim has to stop Janelle from going over and talking to her sons. Meanwhile, Toadie is furious and wants to know who came up with this new plan, reminding Dylan that heíll definitely go to prison. Dylan says that heís doing it to keep Stingray out of prison, but Toadie says that things donít really look good for either of them, as Stingray could be found guilty of being an accessory now. Dylan suggests that Stingray change his plea back to guilty, but Toadie isnít sure that itís going to make any difference now. Toadie asks Stingray if heís happy going along with this plan, but he says that heís just doing what heís told. Toadie is annoyed because he could probably have kept them both out of jail. Judge Evans returns and Toadie confirms that theyíre both pleading guilty now, but says that he should consider that Stingray was under-age when the crime took place. Judge Evans agrees to consider this and then wants to hear from Dylan and Stingray.

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At the bar, Joe explains that Lyn has proposed to him and Bree and Max are delighted for him. He then explains that the ultimatum is that he marries her or he gets out of her life for good and he isnít sure that he wants to get married again. Max and Bree tell him that he wonít change Lynís mind about getting married and that she doesnít rush into things either, so this will have taken a lot of thought on her part. Joe remembers his three past marriages and doesnít think the odds of this one working will be too good, but Bree reminds him that love is a gamble. Max agrees, but Joe says that he loves Lyn and wants to stay with her, but doesnít need to get married again.

At the court, Dylanís story isnít believed by the judge, particularly as it seems to have changed so many times. Dylan sits down and Stingray is told to stand up and give his version of events. Judge Evans asks him if what Dylan said about threatening him was trueÖ

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Stingray backs up his brotherís story and says that Dylan threatened him with a drainpipe. He says that Dylan was violent to the whole family, as Janelle, Janae and Sky look confused. Dylan starts threatening Stingray, wishing that heíd killed him when he had the chance. Judge Evans isnít impressed and leaves to consider a verdict, but Stingray calls out for him to stop. He says that it was all a lie and Janelle screams at them, asking what theyíre playing at. Stingray says that what Dylanís saying about Roo is true, but the rest is made up. Toadie desperately tries to regain control, but Stingray continues and says that he was in the car when the robbery took place. Judge Evans asks why they didnít report it straight away, confirming with Stu that no report was made. Stingray says that heíd have been killed if Dylan didnít do the robbery, but Dylan tries to claim that his brother is mentally ill. Judge Evans quietens them all down and announces a 30 minute recess so he can think about his verdict.

Back at the bar, Joe desperately tries to convince himself that a marriage to Lyn wouldnít last anyway and itís not worth all the hassle and expense. Joe then realises that she probably needs him more than he needs her, so sheíll have to agree with him. Max and Bree arenít at all convinced by that argument, but Joe has now decided that Lyn will give in to his every wish.

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Judge Evans reappears and says that heís considered everything and he isnít impressed with either of the boysí previous police records. He says that he has no reason to be lenient in this case and sentences Stingray to four years at Warrinor, with a two-year non-parole period, and Dylan to ten years, with a four-year non-parole period. Everyone is stunned as the boys are led away and Janelle breaks down in tears.

Summary by Steve